— by Michel Martin: The Farewell is a movie with a wedding at the center — but the wedding isn’t really the story.

The new film stars the rapper and actress Awkwafina as Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi, who travels with her family from the United States to China ostensibly to celebrate the marriage of her cousin. Really, it’s to say goodbye to Nai Nai, her beloved grandmother. Nai Nai has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer — and her family decides not to tell her…

Image: In The Farewell, Billi (Awkwafina, left) returns to China to spend time with her grandmother — who doesn’t know she is dying thanks to an elaborate ruse, courtesy of A24

July 13, 2019